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Is Menstruation Obsolete?

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7282.370 (Published 10 February 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:370
  1. Carl De Crée, senior scientist in reproductive endocrinology and exercise science
  1. Zaventem, Belgium

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    Elsimar M Coutinho, Sheldon J Segal

    Oxford University Press, £15.95, pp 190

    ISBN 0 19 5113021 9

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    Menstruation is one of the most prominent anthropological taboos to have left its mark on present day society. Women who are menstruating have been branded as impure and, in a not too distant past, were accused of turning cow's milk sour or causing iron to rust. Elsimar Coutinho claims that “tecurrent menstruation is unnecessary and can be harmful to the health of women. It is a needless loss of blood.” This statement represents the key message of the book. Coutinho advocates an almost …

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